ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--School Choice Week began in Georgia and across America this Sunday, with the goal of raising awareness about the options that parents have for their children's education.
The Week will feature 1,043 events and activities across the Peach State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations. In addition, a breakfast is planned on Tuesday, January 23 at the Georgian Club in Atlanta.
Nationwide, 32,240 events and activities are being organized to raise awareness during National School Choice Week (Jan. 21-27, 2018), and nearly 7 million Americans are expected to participate. It will be the largest series of education-related events and activities in U.S. history.
The Week brings attention to the different education environments that are available for Georgia’s 2.5 million children. For example, families in Georgia can choose from traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. The state's public school open enrollment policy is one of the nation's broadest and most accommodating. The state also offers a private school choice program and tuition-free, public online schooling.
The counties of Carroll, Dougherty, Hall, Paulding, Taliaferro, Taylor, and Walton and the cities of Brunswick, Buchanan, Emerson, Forest Park, Hiram, Kennesaw, Loganville, Mount Vernon, Hoschton, Kingsland, Monticello, Alto, Thunderbolt, Tyrone have issued proclamations recognizing School Choice Week in their community.
“We are strong believers and supporters in parents having a right to choose a school that fits their values and beliefs for their children. We also value creative and inspirational teaching over simply teaching to a test and that’s why we participate in National School Choice Week,” said Ray Davis, head of school at Alpharetta Christian Academy, a private school serving 287 students in grades PK to 5 in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Celebrated since 2011, National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort. The Week is nonpartisan and nonpolitical, and it is not related to any legislative advocacy campaign.
“The past decade has seen an increase in education options available for Georgia children, which is one of the reasons that there are more school choice events in Georgia this week than in many other states,” said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week. “We encourage families to learn more about these options by researching school choice online, or by attending an event or activity.”
To download a guide to school choice in Georgia, or to learn more about featured events in the Peach State, visit https://schoolchoiceweek.com/states/georgia.
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National School Choice Week is an independent public awareness effort designed to shine a spotlight on effective education options for children. National School Choice Week celebrates all types of school options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Learn more at www.schoolchoiceweek.com or highlight school choice on social media using hashtag #schoolchoice.